Health, Safety & Environment

Master Builders 40 Years Industry Expertise

Health & Safety

ABL has, as its first priority, the health, safety and well-being of its employees and all those affected by its activities, including the general public. It is important to us that everyone on our sites goes home free from harm every day.

We have a risk based approach to safety management. By identifying and understanding what our work-related health and safety risks are, we then do what is reasonable and practicable to eliminate those risks. Where the risk cannot be eliminated, it will be minimised so far as is reasonably practicable.

Safety Management

ABL has adopted practical, user-friendly safety management systems based around the BWARE software application. This platform helps us to manage every aspect of our health and safety process whilst achieving the most flexible functionality and simple user interfaces for our staff.

BWARE is a key component of our risk management strategy and helps ABL to;

  • Efficiently achieve legislative compliance
  • Streamline audit process
  • Fast track the development of site specific safety plans
  • Sharpen safety processes and record keeping
  • Rapidly respond to health & safety issues
  • Simplify the reporting of incidents, near misses and injuries
  • Develop informed and competent staff
  • Increase organisational understanding and awareness
  • Establish effective processes and workflows
  • Enhance health and safety performance

Accreditation

As part of our on-going commitment to continually improve our safety philosophy and management, the ABL safety management system is independently audited annually by IMPAC PREQUAL and SiteWise.

Competency and Training

A key requirement of our safety management system is to train and develop our management and workforce to achieve a high level of competence to reduce and manage risk. All our direct employees hold, as a minimum, a Site Safe Passport while all Site Supervisory staff are Site Safe Gold Card qualified, both of which are refreshed every two years.

A growing number of ABL management and supervisory and workforce staff have achieved higher levels of Site Safe Health & Safety training - graduating with a National Certificate in Construction Site Safety thanks to  ABL’s commitment to ongoing training.

In addition, our management team hold industry related, tertiary qualifications and retain membership status to several professional bodies associated with the building/construction environment

Environment

ABL has established a framework for safety, health and environmental management throughout the company to maintain its integrity and credibility within the market place and community.

Our Quality Management System is used as a mechanism by which the company sets, monitors and achieves environmental objectives and the site-specific Environmental Management Plan focuses on the specific environmental issues of each project.

The Project Method Statement provides the basis for site management and control with specific action areas to be addressed through the principal and works contractors.

Consideration to the key environmental hazards include;

  • Asbestos
  • Waste – special
  • Waste – active
  • Waste – inactive
  • Noise and vibration
  • Dust, Emissions and Fume
  • Ground Contaminants
  • Watercourse Contaminants

Environment management is undertaken through a three-phase process of consideration which commences before start on site and proceeds through to site management and control;

  1. Environment Appraisal
  2. Environment Familiarisation
  3. Environment Monitoring 

These important stages provide systematic identification, evaluation and management of key potential environmental effects including atmospheric emissions, discharges, spillage’s, noise, dust, fumes, waste and hazardous substances.

They also provide the actions needed to mitigate or reduce the environmental effects for each special or routine operation within the construction operations and sequence identified in the construction programme.

ABL have both in-house and associate capability to manage and implement the Green Star NZ environmental rating system. We are committed to providing solutions that meet the Green Star NZ rating system developed by the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC).

Green Star NZ is also aligned with other major international building rating systems, including the British BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method). ABL has significant experience of projects that achieved a rating system using both assessment models.

Industry Contribution

ABL plays an important leadership role in the progressive development of Health & Safety best practice within the New Zealand construction sector. For more than a decade they have freely released their management to contribute their H&S and construction expertise to serve on local and national industry and H&S bodies.

At a national level:

  • As members of the Registered Master Builders through their management personnel, ABL has had active input to the Technical Advisory Committee on H&S matters
  • As Site Safe members, ABL management personnel have provided technical and practical H&S input into the design of some key Site Safe training resources
  • ABL has served on MBIE work groups reviewing and creating Best Practise Guidelines representing Registered Master Builders.

At a regional level:

  • ABL initiated and is actively involved in the Otago-Southland Liaison Group which comprises key construction companies across the region developing and promoting stronger commitment to H&S throughout the region.